The Inter-counties cross country championships experienced the aftermath of the Beast from the East on Saturday. With the snow melting into the ground along with the additional rain that fell on Friday. Conditions underfoot at Prestwold Hall, near Loughborough, were certainly challenging.

Tents were pitched amidst mud and the course saw runners splashing through thick patches of wet mud and battling against slippery conditions. By the end of the day, there was not a clean runner, official or spectator in sight.

Leamington C&AC had 6 runners selected to run for Warwickshire in a competition that sees the best cross-country runners competing alongside more famous faces like Andy Vernon and Gemma Steele.

The day kicked off with the U20 men’s race which saw Kieran Chahal and Greg West making the team. The 8k course ensured that both men came back covered from head to toe in mud but in a very satisfying 61st position for Chahal and 78th for West. Next up was Melanie in the U13 girls race,  over the 3km course finishing 194th in a time of 17:06.

Cian McKearney ran in the U17 6km race finishing in a time of 25:56. A late call up for Jenny Jeeves ran the 8km course in 41:25 finishing in 175th position marking the end of a very successful cross-country season. Callum Hanlon ran in the senior men’s race, covering the 12km course in a time of 47:52 to finish 84th on the day.


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